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Dr Arne

CEO & Founder The Rites of Passage Institute



Dr. Arne Rubinstein is the Founder and CEO of The Rites of Passage Institute. He is a bestselling author and an internationally recognised expert on Rites of Passage and adolescent development.

Arne has become a global leader in reintroducing healthy Rites of Passage worldwide. He has been running Rites of Passage programs for teenagers and delivering cutting-edge leadership training in Australia and internationally for nearly 30 years.

Current Work

He spent 15 years working as a Doctor in Emergency Medicine and was disturbed by how many teenagers and young adults he saw there. He realised they were caught in a world between child and adult and their actions often had lifelong disastrous consequences. Through his research he discovered that for thousands of years indigenous communities around the world had recognised how critical it was to create a process to support the coming of age of boys and girls. Dr Arne realised that this work is a missing link and a key to wellbeing and left his medical career to work full-time creating Rites of Passage programs.

Over 350,000 people, in more than 25 countries have attended the life-changing programs that he has helped to create, and they are now in 50 Schools and Communities across Australia.

Dr Arne has 2 sons, 4 stepchildren and is a mentor to countless others.

Talking Points

Parenting, technology and Rites of Passage in the 21st century - Raising happy, healthy and resilient children in a technology driven world

Dr Arne is a father of two successful young men and an internationally recognised leader in the field of adolescent development and Rites of Passage. In a technology driven world, he has identified the importance of creating healthy communities, teaching critical 21st Century lIfe skills and having positive Rites of Passage as teenagers navigate the challenges of transitioning from children into young adults.

Join Dr Arne Rubinstein as he discusses the challenges of parenting in the 21st century and provides tools to support teenagers to successfully navigate this critical time in their lives. He will unpack the increasing impact of technology on younger generations and how we can address them in a positive way.

You will also learn about the critical importance of a healthy personal identity and how we can help teenagers find their vision, passion and purpose.

Transformational Mindset

Futuristic Leadership in times of crisis.

In these rapidly changing times with heightened levels of uncertainty we need leaders who have the ability to transcend current thinking and find groundbreaking solutions to seemingly unresolvable issues.

We know about Mindset, we have looked at flow and peak performance, research shows that whatever our age we can still have a Growth Mindset, but how do we create a Transformational Mindset for next level breakthroughs.

Join Dr Arne Rubinstein as he shares about his research into advanced Mindsets and explains how we can all reach new ways of being. He will clearly outline the fundamental necessity for all people to periodically get “Out of their Mindset” in order to evolve and reach their full potential.

Dr Rubinstein is a globally recognised expert in Rites of Passage and has studied Indigenous and Traditional communities around the world. Over 350,000 people in more than 25 countries have attended the programs that he has helped to create.

Transformational Education and Leadership - Bringing out the gifts, talents and genius in people

Education and Leadership are now being recognised as not just being about academic results and financial gain. Individual Health and Wellbeing which helps people find what they love and where their gifts lie, is now a major goal of forward-thinking schools and businesses. Rites of Passage are being taken up nationally as schools, businesses and educational institutions are identifying the need to balance their achievements and success with 21st-century life skills including resilience, emotional intelligence and a growth mindset. The creation of specific events to celebrate and acknowledge the major transitions that all people go through are life-changing.

Join Dr Arne Rubinstein as he discusses how to improve wellbeing at work and in schools using the Rites of Passage framework. He will clearly outline the elements of a Rite of Passage and how they can be incorporated into any school and business with positive effects.

Dr. Arne has been working with parents, educators and leaders for almost 30 years to support them and their children to face challenges, take the next step in their lives, and create a healthy vision for the future. This presentation will explore how Rites of Passage are a key part of healthy growth and change. Arne will combine the latest research with practical tools that parents and leaders can use every day, not only for their families and at work, but also for themselves personally.

Thriving in the fast lane - Creating successful careers, full lives and happy families

It can be a pretty crazy world out there. The volume of emails, messages, texts, calls, whatsapp, twitter feeds etc. means that we are on 24/7 and it is all too easy to find that we are out of balance and neglecting some of the most important people and parts of our lives.

Personal health and wellbeing can get worn down by the constant overload. It shouldn’t be a choice between career, personal fulfilment and having a happy family life.

Join Dr Arne Rubinstein as he clearly explains how we can identify what is most important and how to create and thrive again by focusing on what truly matters.

He will use his 30 plus years experience as a medical doctor and facilitator working globally in more than 25 countries to help individuals, families and communities create healthy structures that genuinely nurture a holistic way of being successful.

Using Ancient Wisdom to resolve Modern Day issues - Personal Transformation through Rites of Passage

Are you feeling frustrated with life and knowing that there is a next step but not knowing what it is or how to get there. If you answered yes you are not alone, as research shows that personal wellbeing and life satisfaction is a major issue for many people. Technology is heavily present in so many areas of our lives (including for our children) and whilst it brings great opportunities it also definitely creates many deep issues. Sometimes it can feel like technology is actually running our lives and making our decisions for us.

Dr Arne Rubinstein has been studying Rites of Passage in communities globally for over 30 years. They are used periodically in a person’s life to help them move from one stage to the next. Without them we risk staying stuck in a mindset and belief system that no longer serves who we are. A tragic example is where we see grown men in positions of power who still think and act like boys.

Join Dr Arne as he clearly explains the stages and elements of a Rite of Passage. He has set up programs globally based on the RItes of Passage framework. He will explain how Rites of Passage are even more relevant today and are not only for children transitioning to young adulthood but for all people as they move through the stages of life all the way up to Elderhood and beyond.

Parent & Child Events: Transformational Experiences to help you create a deep connection with your child as they move to the next stage in their lives

Dr Arne Rubinstein is a master at creating transformational and life-changing experiences for parents and their children of all ages. Whether it is a parent-child breakfast or dinner, an online seminar, an evening or a community process, Dr Arne will facilitate safe and heartfelt interactive processes that will change the way you and your child relate forever. He will provide practical tips and tools that you can use at home so that the impact of this work continues long after you leave his presentation.

The Parent-Child Event is a unique offering with Dr Arne Rubinstein that will create a lasting effect on all participants. Over the event, Dr Arne will facilitate interactive discussions and processes that will give you a new understanding of each other and help you determine the best way to take your relationship to the next level moving forward.

Dr Arne is a Father of 2 sons and the CEO and Founder of the Rites of Passage Institute. He has over 30 years experience as a medical doctor, counsellor, mentor, speaker and workshop facilitator. The programs, seminars and camps he’s helped to develop have been attended by more than 350,000 people globally including in some of the biggest schools in Australia. They are designed to support boys and girls to successfully make a safe, healthy transition to adulthood.

Redefining success in an Uncertain World (For High School Students)

The world current school students will enter will be vastly different from the one that their parents or teachers graduated into. We are seeing that academic results alone are not sufficient to guarantee success and yet for many, they are seen as the ultimate goal.

Dr Arne Rubinstein will share the latest research and futuristic insights that will inspire your students to realise that there are many paths to happiness and fulfilment. He will show how despite the huge influence of technology it is in fact 21st Century Life Skills including Resilient, Social Intelligence and Adaptability that are actually critically important.

Dr Arne has worked with many thousands of young people globally and will change the way your students see the future.

Professional Development & Training for School Staff

Professional and Personal Transformation through Rites of Passage.

Presented by Dr Arne Rubinstein the Staff PD is a program for teachers and staff to understand the fundamental elements of a Rite of Passage and how they can be utilised to powerful effect in the educational and developmental process. The workshop focuses on the transition from boy to young man and girl to young woman and how to use the elements of a Rite of Passage in school camps, programs and everyday events.
It is in 2 parts with the first being a 75-minute presentation discussing the latest trends and research followed by a 90-minute interactive workshop with staff in small groups.

The outcomes will include:
- Understanding the Rites of Passages Framework and how it can support classroom teaching and existing wellbeing programs
- Experiencing a facilitated ROP process to enrol and inspire staff to be part of the process
- Staff tools for successful implementation
- Strategies to help teenagers find their passion and purpose

Current Affair and Social Commentary

Dr Arne Rubinstein is a passionate commentator on social issues that encompass adolescent development, teenagers, men, women and relationships. Having appeared on Australia’s premier news and current events television and radio programs, Dr Arne is well versed in media commentary as well as producing articles for print and online publications.

- What is the difference between a boy and a man?
- Adolescent development and how to help young people thrive and find what they are passionate about
- Men's Work - understanding what it means to be a good man
- Implementing the Rites of Passage Framework in schools
- Parenting advice for parents with teens and pre-teens
What's going on with girls? Understanding and finding positive solutions in the face of unacceptably high mental health issues
- The role of technology in adolescent mental health and how to manage it successfully
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